Edison, N.J. – Quinnipiac University’s Brendan Copley and Monmouth University’s Amanda Eller earn the first MAAC Cross Country Runner of the Week award.
The freshman phenom a year ago, Copley stormed out of the gates with a time of 18:58.71 in the 6k event to pick up his first career victory. The 2012 All-Northeast Conference runner becomes the first Bobcat to win an event since 2008, when Richard Klauber won the Northeast Conference Championship. His blazing time was nearly a minute faster than his 2012 result at the Stony Brook Invitational when he finished in 19:49.87. Copley set the pace throughout and was able to sprint home to victory as he finished more than 15 seconds ahead of his junior teammate.
Amanda Eller placed first in the 2013 Monmouth XC Kick-Off on Saturday morning at Thompson Park in Lincroft, N.J., helping the Monmouth women to a first place finish as a team in the meet. Eller completed the 4k (2.5) mile loop in 14:44. For Eller, it was her third consecutive top ten finish in the Monmouth XC Kick-Off. She led a Monmouth group that placed six women in the top ten.
The 2013 MAAC Cross Country Championships will be held on Friday, November 1st at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y.